"a spectacular read"
Let me start off by prefacing that in an airport, where
one is the required two hours early for departure and
inherits an additional rascally three-hour delay in said
departure, one desperately needs an escape. Five hours
literally flew by when I cracked the pages of this book.
That, in a nutshell, made it a spectacular read.
Engrossing, witty and packed with characters a reader can
sink their literary teeth into is the slightly longer
version, but gives one an even better idea of all this
book has to offer.
Kitty Norville needs a break. Going national about her
furry side isn't the only reason. She's got a writing gig
now too and a secluded mountain cabin seems the ideal
retreat. Having a severe case of writer's block though,
Kitty is distracted to say the least...especially when
dead animals keep showing up to decorate her front porch.
The locals are nice enough, though not particularly keen
to have the nation's first werewolf at their doorsteps.
Naturally, it seems someone wants her gone. When Cormac,
werewolf hunter extraordinaire, shows up with an injured
Ben (her lawyer) in tow, it's all Kitty can do to hold
down the fort, much less write about it. Witchcraft and
evil skin walkers compound the situation and Kitty begins
to wonder if any of them will get out of this alive, much
less walk the right side of the law.
Having never read the series before, I was prepared to be
a little lost. Surprisingly, and pleasantly enough, I was
glad to read a book that made sense from its own
perspective while still gleaning enough information about
the past two books (Kitty and the Midnight hour first,
then Kitty Goes to Washington) to want to double back.
Kitty is an interesting character, and her special twist,
that of the first werewolf to exit the closet, puts a
whole new perspective on the werewolf story. Being that
the story takes place mainly at the cabin, I was also
prepared for the story to get a little stale, but not so.
There's plenty of action to keep readers turning the
pages. There's a slight romantic edge, and I suspect a
carryover from past books with one of the characters,
though it's not the main focus of this primarily fantasy
minded novel. I'm glad I had this book with me during my
stay at the airport. Not only did it save my sanity, but
it made me laugh, made me chew my lips in suspense and
made me an all out fan of Vaughn's first person writing.
Looking forward to the others in the series now.
Reviewed by Kenda Montgomery
Posted July 9, 2007
After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffing around the cabin, Kitty wonders if any of them will get out of these woods alive...